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Ice the Lounge Welcomes Japanese Acts; ICE the Federal Agency Doesn’t

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Enter the Ice Lounge with Gothique Prince Ken

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DJ SiSeN, happy to bend genders

The Pandemonium Tour, stopping in San Antonio Sunday at the Ice Lounge, was supposed to be another unforgettable night honoring Japan’s most androgynous underground music: The Candy Spooky Theater, a horror and Halloween-themed band that combines the beautiful and the macabre, sweet melodies and death rock; DJ SiSeN, a Berlin-based DJ you need to actually watch. His music mixes EBM (electronic body music) and dark wave, but he’s also a model whose shows are legendary in the German club and rave scene; Gothique Prince Ken (GPK), former vocalist of GPKism, moved from the duo’s electro-industrial sound to add elements of EBM and dubstep.

The venue for the event was perfect— Ice Lounge, located at the former Clicks Live on 410 near Bandera, is fully remodeled and updated into a Vegas-style lounge full of LED lights and offering signature shots out of unique ice (actual ice) glasses.

Then, on September 28, the Candy Spooky Theater broke the news on their Facebook page: “It is with great sadness that we announce that the Candy Spooky Theater will be unable to participate in the Pandemonium Tour due to circumstances beyond our control,” they wrote. “The band members are incredibly heartbroken by this turn of events and apologize deeply to their American fans.”

Local promoter Eric Brown, who, since 2006 has brought dozens of Japanese acts to San Antonio (including Blood, Quaff, The Emeralds and GPKism), said the band was turned back to Japan by immigration officials in Seattle.

“Because they are Japanese nationals, they need passports and visas,” Brown told the Current. Well, duh. Didn’t you guys know that? (at press time, national tour organizers Tainted Reality declined to comment)

Last Thursday, there was still a remote chance the band could resolve the problem and make it to the States for the SA show, but just in case, the Spooky Theater asked their fans to support their colleagues on the tour.

“The Pandemonium Tour is not cancelled,” they wrote. “DJ SiSeN and GPK will still be performing at all of their scheduled shows, and not a single show will be rescheduled or cancelled. GPK and SiSeN are both distraught over this turn of events, and need your support. If you planned to come out to the tour, please still do so as [they] still have amazing shows planned throughout the country.”

Brown added, “There is a slight chance they still might make the show, but at this point I’m going to book two local acts to fill the slot.”

It should still be a dynamite show, but it’s an unexpected setback for Brown, who started bringing Japanese bands to town after being inspired by his best friend, Johnny Yen.

“Johnny had single-handedly begun carving out a niche here in SA two years prior to my return [from living in Seattle],” Brown told the Current. “The growing fan base of all things Japanese; cultural, pop-cultural, etc., and the influx of visitors and vendors to events like San Japan have really pulled SA out into the spotlight.”

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